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I have a distributed switch set up in my vCenter with 2 hosts.

Recently I ordered a new IP range which comes with a Gateway address. The IPs are assigned to the correct VLAN, my question is, how do I set this up so that I can choose which Guest OS can use one of the new IPs.


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Please provide the version and license level of your VMware installation. – ewwhite Jun 3 '13 at 5:45
I have vCenter Server 5 standard with vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus – Jochen Jun 3 '13 at 5:49
Might be way too obvious; did you assign a static IP to the guest OS you want to have the new IP? – Fergus Jun 3 '13 at 5:49
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I'll instructions for the vSphere Windows client for now. The concepts in the web interface are similar, but the execution is slightly different...

1). You'll need to create a new port group in your distributed switch... Typically, your uplink ports from the Distributed Switch will be trunks with multiple VLANs.

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2). In the vSphere client, go to the Home -> Inventory -> Networking screen. Locate the Distributed Switch on the left pane. Right-click the top-level switch and add a new "Port Group". If the port group already exists, all you'll need to do is skip to the last step...

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3). Give it an appropriate name and fill in VLAN details, etc. From there, you can just choose the right network for the virtual machine from the VM's "Network Connection" dialog.

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